For weeks, rumors of Ultra Shanghai’s demise have swirled across Reddit, leaving hopeful festival-goers wondering if they’d be able to attend a second year of the Chinese event. Unfortunately, the festival has announced its postponement and will not be taking place Sept. 8 and 9, due to “circumstances beyond [the festival organizers’] control.”
Rumors of Ultra Shanghai’s cancellation began circulating on Chinese social media platform Weibo last month, but were unconfirmed until the Ultra China team released an official statement on Aug. 31. Prior to the statement, a lineup had not been announced, leaving fans further speculating if it would happen.
Though the festival’s cancellation will surely disappoint those who were anticipating a Shanghai date, the Ultra China team announced that Ultra Beijing would, in fact, be taking place in just a few weeks on Sept. 15 and 16 at Beijing China NHC Base. The newly announced lineup includes Zedd, Axwell / Ingrosso, Oliver Heldens, and more. The full lineup is available here. Beijing is more than 750 miles from Shanghai.
While the fate of Ultra after 2019 continues to hang in the hands of Miami, the city has just approved plans for a massive new addition to the Bay Front Park Amphitheater, better known in the EDM world as the home of the Ultra Live Stage. The city has approved plans for an enormous solar-powered
Those who closely follow Tiësto‘s radio shows and listen to his live sets may find themselves pleasantly surprised by his latest single release, “WOW.” He debuted the track live at Ultra earlier this year, and since then, the veteran DJ has been prominently featuring the tune on air all summer. “WOW” already has found such heavy radio play since its reveal that some might have thought it was already out, though now Tiësto is gracing fans with the track’s official release.
The Dutch mega-producer is known for his ability to create music in a wide variety of genres, and its a definite contrast from recent pop-centric collaboration “Jackie Chan” featuring Preme, Post Malone, and co-producer Dzeko. “WOW” is a pulsing big room house piece with an infectious, kicking bass line that makes the track an undoubtable earworm. The single is out on Tiësto’s own Musical Freedom.
Ultra Shanghai is set to debut on September 8, across two days. However, a lineup announcement or any updates from the brand have yet to arrive with just weeks left until its supposed launch date. Puzzled fans have been wondering aloud what is going on, and if the festival is set to proceed, and it seems an answer is brewing: per a Redditor with access to China’s Weibo network (their Facebook equivalent), comments on the event’s page there point to a definite cancellation.
Troubles for Ultra’s China arm don’t end there. Per the same Reddit post, Ultra Beijing is also being postponed — this would be the second time this rendition of Ultra has been pushed back, the first being in June. Hopefully, this is all just hearsay among Chinese fans, as there have been no official announcements from the brand itself regarding these rumors.
If Ultra China is meeting its demise — a possibility for sure given the country’s conservative environment — fans would be missing out an a variety of top DJ talent including DJ Snake, The Chainsmokers, Coyu, and more. Only time will tell if these rumors are substantiated or not.
Ultra Taiwan announces its adding a day to their music festival, culminating in a two day event. Now, the bigger event will take place at Taipei Dajia Ultra Park in Taipei, Taiwan on September 8-9 of this year. Powerhouse festival company, Ultra, continues to dominate in Asia, curating the continents largest music festival.
Taiwan’s Road to Ultra will be celebrating its fifth anniversary this year. To celebrate, if anyone purchased a RESISTANCE Taipei or Road to Ultra ticket, they have the option to upgrade for a fee and gain access to UMF Taiwan. Those that purchased a combo of both tickets will automatically be upgraded for free. With past headliners such as Above & Beyond, Chainsmokers, Zedd, and Martin Garrix; festival-goers can ensure an event up to par with any past Ultra experiences.
Tickets can be purchased HERE. Single day passes are $125, and two day passes start at $170. Fans are eagerly awaiting for the lineup announcement, and those considering traveling the long-distance will have easy access to mainland China for an extended trip. It’s surely worth the experience.
Again demonstrating its ubiquitous presence as a worldwide festival phenomenon, Ultra has locked in a stellar, multifaceted-as-ever billing for its fifth anniversary of the global festival’s Japan installment, to take place over an extended weekend on September 15-17.
Topping phase one of the 2018 bill are high-rollers Nicky Romero, DJ Snake, Armin Van Buuren, and Zedd, as well as all three parties from Swedish House Mafia, though they appear as their separate, respective acts: Axwell Λ Ingrosso and Steve Angello. Having the Mafiosos in the same place at the same time begs the question of whether fans could witness a surprise performance from the storied threesome who reunited earlier this year at Ultra’s flagship location in Miami. The initial wave of talent also includes the likes of Oliver Heldens, Cash Cash, and Eats Everything among others.
The Tokyo-based festival will return to Odaiba Ultra Park. Tickets can be purchased here.
Ultra Europe‘s 2018 installment in Split, Croatia brought together some of the finest globetrotting DJs in the world — Afrojack, Axwell Λ Ingrosso, and DJ Snake, just to name a few. Now, with the festival in the review, Dancing Astronaut has gathered some of the highlights in their full set form.
Many DJ’s played the first day of Ultra Europe yesterday in Croatia. DJ’s like DJ Snake, AFROJACK and more performed on the main stage late into the night. But, Axwell / Ingrosso stuck out with their touching tribute to Avicii. During their set, Axwell / Ingrosso asked audience members to pull out whatever type of light
Ultra Music Festival organizers will face a steep price tag if they wish to keep Miami’s veteran music event in its longtime location of Bayfront Park in the years to come.
The Downtown Neighbors Alliance (DNA) circulated a petition in July 2017 that called on Miami’s Parks and Recreation Advisory Board to return access to Bayfront Park — DNA residents’ “neighborhood park” — to downtown Miami locals. “Since the beginning of 2017, Bayfront Park has been closed to the public or in a state of disrepair for over 100 days because of mega-concerts like Ultra and Rolling Loud,” the document read. The petition surpassed 1,100 signatures when it reached the hands of Miami Commissioner Frank Carollo.
Now, the feud between downtown Miami dwellers and large scale Bayfront Park hosted music events like Ultra Music Festival will come to a head as Carollo presents UMF orchestrators with a financially oriented ultimatum: pay $2 million annual payments to the agency that oversees Bayfront Park, or take Ultra elsewhere.
UMF organizers’ previous contract permitted the festival to occupy Bayfront for a five-year period. In exchange, Ultra Music Festival paid the city of Miami a sum comprised of a usage fee and a ticket surcharge that was then tacked onto the cost of each individual UMF admission cost. The city collected an average of about $663,000 from UMF over the five-year stretch, notably enjoying an elevated profit of $742,000 in 2018. Given that Ultra’s contract expired in 2018, festival organizers will need to make swift and strategic moves if they plan to keep Bayfront Park as Ultra’s home location.
While Miami residents like Rev. Pedro Martinez continue to call upon city officials like Carollo to ‘stop the prostitution of the park to multiple events,’ Ultra lobbyist Ray Martinez reiterates the global value inherent in the festival that, in many ways, put Miami on the musical map. ‘Let’s look at the positives,’ Ray Martinez said, ‘We talk about Miami wanting to be a world-class city. Ultra is a world-class event. It is the Art Basel of electronic music.’
Rolling Loud is also expected to face steep fees if it seeks to return to the park in future years of festival production. Neither Ultra nor Rolling Loud have commented on the recent contract related complications.